FBCWest 465 | The Believer’s Great High Priest
Recorded On: 08/22/2021
August 22, 2021
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him.
must worship Him in Spirit and truth.”
Praise and Worship
SCRIPTURE READING – Hebrews 13:15 & 6
“Look to the Son”
Proclamation of the Word
Message by Pastor Joe
“The Believer’s Great High Priest”
PRAYER TIME / Time of Reflection
“Grace like Rain”
Giving of Selves and Our Offerings
“Standing on the Promises”
SPECIAL MUSIC – By Pru Hungate
Continued Praise and Worship
“Only King Forever”
“A Little More”
Acknowledgements and Announcements
Hebrews 4:14 We have a great High Priest, so hold fast your confession
Hebrews 4:15 Jesus can sympathize with us because He also has been tempted, but without sin
Hebrews 4:16 Draw near to the throne with confidence so that we may receive mercy and help
Isaiah 6:1 – 7 The throne of God is holy and intimidating
2 Corinthians 12:7 – 10 His grace is sufficient
Transcript of Service
Boost Chapter 14 and Chapter 4, verse 14.
The son of God.
The son of man.
The word of God.
The one who got us spoken to us in these last days.
Representation the manifestation of God's glory. The exact representation of who he is.
The one who created all things, the one who sustains all things. The one who has made purification for our sins. The one who is currently sitting at the right hand of God the Father. There are so many things that we can describe and talk about what Jesus has done and what Jesus is.
And if you've paid a minimal amount of tension, you probably said well past Joe forgot.
That he's king. Not only is he king, he is the King of Kings and he is the Lord of Lords. He is savior. We have all of these titles and one of the things that we often sing about is that Jesus is king. Kind of an office, but also what he does and we'll come up with, rightfully so, praises about the fact that he's king.
But there are two offices that rarely get mentioned much about Jesus.
The second one I'm going to talk about today, and probably for the next number of messages because the writer of the Epistle of Hebrews is going to address it as well. One of the offices that Jesus has and we spend very little attention to is that he is a prophet.
prophesized his death, burial, and resurrection. He prophesied the destruction of the temple.
Is prophesied and where desperately looking for the day that he returns to this Earth and establishes his earthly Kingdom. He has made a number of prophecies, but at the same token he spoke the word of God, which also makes him a prophet.
But we rarely talk about Jesus as a prophet.
But even less so will we talk about him in this next office that has a daily implication in our lives.
And yet Jesus gets very little.
For his conduct in this office, and that office is the high priest.
He is the believers high priest. He is our high priest and because we are.
Those who are Baptists or reformed, we don't think much of priests. About the only time we ever talk about priests is the priesthood of the believer. They don't need a priest on my own priests or whatever, but Jesus, if you will, is our high priest. And if you will, the scriptures tell us that his people.
Or going to be a holy nation. One who is a royal priesthood.
And since we are a royal priesthood, he is our high priest.
But there is an implication of that for our daily lives.
And so if you have your Bibles, then you're looking at Hebrews chapter 4, verse 14. It says this therefore, which means because of what has gone ahead, be what we've been talking about. Therefore, since we have a great high priest.
Notice that we might have or whatever it is a bold statement. Therefore, since we have a great high priest.
Who has passed through the heavens?
The son I got now the high priest.
Didn't pass through the heavens, if you will. The hype freeze at best once a year.
Well, technically, twice a year one time.
Entered through a veil.
That separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies and he would go there twice through the veil. Once on the day of Atonement, to offer sacrifices for himself. And then he would return on that same day on the Day of Atonement and offer sacrifices for the people.
Because only the high priest was permitted to enter, and because there was great fear that God might not accept their sacrifices, they would put a rope around him and bells on him, so that if they stopped hearing the bells, they said now is the time to pull the guy out 'cause we don't want to wait a year because he's gonna stink and so, but he would only go through the veil of the temple.
Jesus as our high priest has gone through the veil of heavens. Well, what does that mean? That he started out?
In the Temple of Heaven, which the Tabernacle was a shadow A.
A plan if you will, of the exact representation of the temple in heaven and Jesus came from the Holy of Holies passed through the various heavens to Earth.
And then went.
After offering his body as a sacrifice for our sins, he entered into the Holy of Holies in heaven and offered that sacrifice for our sins and as the scripture says, he then sat down 'cause his work was done. So he didn't just go through a veil in the temple. He went through the heavens and to the Holy of Holies of Heaven.
And so he is passed through the heavens. Jesus, the son of God, let us hold fast our confession, because Jesus has done this for us. When it gets hard. When it gets difficult, when it seems like we can't hold on any longer, says keep on keeping on hold on because your faith is worth holding onto.
How is it that we know?
There were believers.
As we finish.
We don't start good.
You might, if we're in 100, I always want because I'm an old guy 100 yards but 100 meter race.
In 100 meter race you can have the best 90 meter time in the world, but if you stop you didn't finish the race and you're not going to win.
It is the only those who finished the race who will qualify to be winners.
And the writer of Hebrews is encouraging us exhorting us to hold on. I know, it's difficult. I know it's hard the world, even if we weren't believers, can be a very difficult place.
But especially for believers, when the world persecutes
This is hold on to their faith because you have a high great high priest, not one who goes once a year into a temple or a Tabernacle, but the one high priest who sits at the right hand of God the father.
To hold on.
Well, we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weeks.
There is this.
Thought about Jesus if you will, that he came to condemn the world. And Jesus said the exact opposite. I did not come to condemn the world, because the world has already been condemned.
But he came to save the world.
But he doesn't come and say, well, I'm perfect. I'm God, you should do perfect things and be perfect people. He understands we are but clay.
He understands our weakness. He understands our challenges. He knows.
Not only does he know he sympathizes with it.
And notice he didn't say.
He sympathized with those who are weak.
As we all be weak.
He sympathized with our weaknesses.
In earthly ministry there are those.
Who feel that they cannot relate.
To people who haven't had the same problems that they've had.
I've had someone come to me and say that they like going in and I'm not going to say this pastor's name, but they like going to his church.
Because he used to have a problem with alcohol.
And now he doesn't, and this person had a problem with alcohol. Probably still has a problem with alcohol, but he felt that he could relate to that person, but he couldn't relate to me 'cause I haven't had that problem.
Well, by that thinking, we can never think that Jesus could relate to us.
He says he sympathizes because he understands our weakness.
We don't go to one or say I told you so. We come to wonder, says come to me.
We have a high priest.
We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been Tim did and all things as we are.
Yet without sin.
The rider here says not only Jesus understands your weaknesses and understanding because he experienced the same problems you did.
There is a song that says.
Jesus knows he knows we got this. We kind of get this idea. Well, he knows because he got in his God. He knows everything. Not only does he know because he knows everything he knows because he experienced the difficulties and the temptations and the sin.
I've sent this says, but he was without.
And to tell you how strong.
Jesus is in this.
In the news today, there's the Scott, it's.
Moved down to a tropical depression or storm system, but it was a hurricane.
And when hurricanes come on land, they usually wreck devastation.
So I want you to picture if you will this.
Super massive hurricane.
That comes on shore.
To a forest.
And the violent winds blow and blow and blow, and every tree but one is knocked down by the winds.
The strongest tree was the one who remained.
Because it experienced the full force of the winds and remain.
They would fall down when the winds got to 50, then fall down. The winds got to 60, didn't fall down when it got to 80 then fall down when they got to 120 it took the entire force of the storm and still stood.
He was stood the entire efforts of Satan to get him to bow the knee to Satan and he refused.
He was without sin, but he still sympathizes with us, because at a slight blowing of somebody speech we fall.
He takes on the full force of all and still sympathizes with our
he is a great high priest because he's been tempted in all things. Not something's not a few things, not a major. Most things he suffered and was tempted.
With all things.
So he tells us who Jesus is. He tells us the office and he tells us how awesome he is that he is our high priest and that he sympathizes with us, but still has no sin. And therefore because of the fact that he is our high priest because of the fact that he sympathizes because of the fact he's without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence or as a whole. The King James says, boldness.
To the throne of Grace.
The high priest.
In the earthly Tabernacle or temple went into that shadow of the heavenly one, with fear and trembling, because he was uncertain whether God would accept his offering and his sacrifice.
We are told that we can go not to the shadow but to the throne in heaven of grace, the mercy seat, and we can go there with confidence. We don't have to go there with fear and trembling. We go there with boldness.
Not because we are worthy.
But because of he who offered his sacrifice for us.
As he placed his blood on the throne on the mercy seat of God, and therefore we're allowed to enter that place.
All the priests.
Could never enter into the Holy of Holies. Only the high priest. Only once a year we are told we as priests can enter, not the human one, but the heavenly one, daily, hourly and go there not with fear and intimidation but with confidence.
To the throne of Grace.
So that we may receive mercy.
And find Grace to help.
In time of need.
So First off, we can go there with boldness and confidence, not because we're awesome both so that we might find grace unmerited favor.
An merited favor which means we are there in confidence, not because of who we are, but because of what he did and who he is.
I've heard people, and I've even sometimes felt it myself.
Is that sometimes we pray and we feel we feel.
That our prayers don't get any further than the ceiling.
And we think somehow God isn't hearing us and God doesn't care or whatever. First off, stop feeling and knowing what the word of God says.
And the word is that God says that if you are his child, if you are his.
Then you can go there with confidence, boldness to that throne room.
Doesn't matter how you feel, and I want you, we're going to quickly go to one verse that I don't think is in your bulletins, and that's OK. It's in revelation chapter 8.
And it starts with verse three that says this.
Another Angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer, now the altar he's at is the altar of incense.
Now in the Tabernacle or in the temple, the altar of incense was the last item before the veil.
Where there would be an altar where they would put.
Pull in other hot items and then place incense on them and that it would feel the holy place with this incense.
And they would go and daily do that and there would be the a table of showbread and the menorah and those three items. But in heaven you can check this out in your reading in heaven they.
Ulcer of incense.
Was placed in the Holy of Holies.
So this altar of incense in heaven is where God resides. If you will where he sits.
So this is where this golden censer is, and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the Saints on the golden altar, which was before the throne.
Revelation is reminding us what Hebrews tells us that when you pray, it doesn't hit the ceiling. It goes to the throne room. It goes to heaven in the presence of God.
And your prayers, and my prayers and other peoples work, get congregated there and there before the throne of God. And if we're praying, it is a sweet fragrance that arises to.
We are told.
To that throne room.
Lord, I don't deserve.
But you're a merciful and loving God.
And you give me grace.
And so oftentimes we think of grace is just salvation that we have been given grace to be saved. But we have been great given grace from so much more hall. For instance, is said in in a.
Then he prayed three times and I love I love it. 'cause it's like Paul Gross now.
I'm so effective at prayer using I ask God for something and it gives it to me.
This time I had to pray three times.
Wow wanna buy?
Sometimes I go God, you know, I I, this is about my third hundredth time. I've asked for this. So maybe either you don't want to give it to me or you want me to change. But obviously there must be something about it. So he goes. I prayed three times.
And God's answer was.
I understand that you're experienced this thorn in the flesh.
And I understand that it bothers them.
But in my in your weakness, my power is made perfect. My Grace is sufficient for you. So when we go to.
Thought in prayer he may answer and say.
I'm going to remove it or I'm going to do it. I'm gonna whatever or he may simply say my grace is sufficient for you so that we might find grace.
In time of need.
Does not change things.
But prayer allows you to see God at work.
Prayer allows you to see God strengthening you so that his power is made perfect in your weakness. It is a mechanism to discuss talk with God. It is a mechanism to have God talk with you and to see what he is doing in your life or the lives of others.
Or maybe he's chosen not to move because this is his plan not to move.
But by going to that throne room.
Things that we receive.
And maybe things that we should give after receiving them.
Because Jesus is our high priest.
And because he can sympathize with our weaknesses.
He is allowed us.
This average people.
Just average Christians.
Bury Abode of God.
Now he doesn't tell us that we go there.
With such confidence.
Then we tell God with him.
We go there to find grace, unmerited favor.
So we go to the throne room, understanding that the father is the God of gods. The Lord of Lords. He is God.
And sometimes we need to be reminded like.
When we're busy trying to tell God what to do.
He goes where were you?
When I made the mountains.
Where were you when I mean?
I never asked for your counsel that I ever asked for your opinion.
There is a joke that says if you want to make God laugh.
Tell him your plans.
Do you want to make God angry? Tell him what to do.
And you're not.
Because of our perfect savior.
Can have fellowship communion at a time of great need.
But we're also told not here, but elsewhere.
Prayer is not just about what I need.
But to praise God for what he's done, and to be thankful to God for what he's done and what he's doing. Prayer is not just making application or supplication, it is saying thank you for what you did.
And thank you for working in my life.
And thank you that even though.
I have been unfaithful to you.
And faithful a couple of times you have always been faithful to me.
Help me God.
Give me help.
Give me mercy.
And this time that I might be more like Jesus, my high priest.
Who allows me by his offering?
To be here.
Now let me tell you a little secret.
You see the high priest in the temple or the Tabernacle was there for a short period time and then split.
The scripture says that when Jesus offered his blood.
He sat down at the right hand of God the Father.
So when your prayers are there.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit out there.
But better place to be.
And in that throne.
You might not need it right this second.
But I can guarantee you one thing.
There will come a time and probably very soon.
You will need either grace.
Or mercy or help.
Now God's people said.